Ashita no Joe


Synopsis and Charm


Ashita no Joe tells the story of Joe Yabuki, a young man who rises from a troubled past to become a professional boxer, facing various challenges and rivals along the way.


The series is renowned for its intense and emotional portrayal of boxing, as well as its deep exploration of the human spirit, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams.

Production Info


Asao Takamori (story) and Tetsuya Chiba (art).

Production Studio

Mushi Production.

Release Date & Episodes

Originally aired from 1970 to 1971 with 79 episodes.

Broadcast Period

April 1970 to September 1971.

Main Characters and Voice Actors

・Joe Yabuki: Teruhiko Aoi
・Rikiishi Tooru: Shuichi Ikeda

Key Episodes

Iconic Episodes

Includes the tragic and impactful death of Rikiishi, and Joe’s climactic final match.

Final Episode

Ends with the iconic scene of Joe sitting silently in his corner of the ring, leaving his fate ambiguous.

First Episode

Introduces Joe as a rebellious youth and sets the tone for his transformation.

Memorable Scenes

Joe’s intense training sessions and his evolving relationship with boxing and his rivals.

Theme Songs and Influence

Theme Songs

Memorable theme songs include “Ashita no Joe” and “Goodbye Joe,” which have become iconic in Japanese pop culture.


The series has had a significant impact on manga and anime, especially in the sports genre, and has inspired many real-life boxers.

Popular Merchandise

・Ashita no Joe boxing gloves
・Character figures
・DVD collections
・Manga reprints
・Joe Yabuki-themed apparel


Ashita no Joe stands as a milestone in anime and manga history, celebrated for its compelling storytelling, rich characters, and its influence on the sports genre and broader culture.

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